bySanchez, Sonia; Taylor, Steven; Torres, Edwin; Waldman, Anne; Wellman, Mac
Opening panel from week four of the 2003 Summer Writing Program. The topic is "Performance and Collaboration." The panel includes Sonia Sanchez, Mac Wellman and Edwin Torres with chair Steven Taylor. Highlights include discussion of the potential of performance and collaboration, Sonia Sanchez on the limiting of labeling performances according to genre and race, Mac Wellman on "the hoax" as a genre of writing, and a discussion of the social responsibility of the poet.
This is the first day of a Leslie Scalapino workshop (7-17-1989) on the poetic diary form. She reads excerpts from her book "Way" and "That they were at te Beach." She also reads from "Confessions of Lady Nijo" and heavily references her essay and interaction with "Japanese Court Poetry" and Izumi Shikibu. She reads a piece of her essay referencing Mallarme's "Tomb of Anatole." Additionally, she talks about Steven Benson and their creation of...
Second half of an Andrew Schelling class on the poetic and literary traditions of indigenous peoples and how poetry and music are used for healing in indigenous societies. He talks about how indigenous societies have been damaged by contact with industrialized nations and discusses the concept of shamanism. He describes various types of indigenous literature including love songs, work songs, healing rituals, and magical incantations, relating them to musical and literary traditions in American...
First half of a class by Andrew Schelling focusing on crisis cults, protest songs as healing songs, songs with meaningless language, an Anne Waldman abortion poem, the poet as witness, Anna Akmanava poems, epic travel poems, activism and letter writing. (Continues on 90p004.) Topics: New American Poetry, political poetry
First half of an Andrew Schelling class on the poetic and literary traditions of indigenous peoples and how poetry and music are used for healing in indigenous societies. He talks about how indigenous societies have been damaged by contact with industrialized nations and discusses the concept of shamanism. He describes various types of indigenous literature including love songs, work songs, healing rituals, and magical incantations, relating them to musical and literary traditions in American...
Wrap up of a class by Andrew Schelling focusing on crisis cults, protest songs as healing songs, songs with meaningless language, an Anne Waldman abortion poem, the poet as witness, Anna Akmanava poems, epic travel poems, activism and letter writing. (Continued from 90p003.) Topics: New American Poetry, political poetry
Andrew Schelling lectures on the relationship between environmentalism and Buddhist philosophy and poetry. He begins with the Jataka stories about the Buddha's previous incarnations, including many stories about the Buddha's kindness to animals. He also discusses the Ramayana, or "first poem" in Indian poetry. Schelling relates Buddhist doctrines and practices involving compassion for animals to the environmental movements in the United States and India, including the Chipko movement...
A Harry Smith lecture on Native American world views. Smith discusses similarities with cultures in other parts of the world. He reviews a written handout and covers a wide variety of topics, including the place of flutes in selected Native cultures, twin stories and opposing forces, creation myths involving the earth diver, psychedelics, the world tree, dreams, and the end of the world.
Harry Smith describes two Native American ceremonies he witnessed in the early 1940's in the Pacific Northwest. Interspersed with his account of the ceremonies, he discusses tangentially various related topics, including Native American health before the European invasion, Native American sign language, the migration of symbols, misogyny in anthropological accounts of Native American peoples, creation myths, and cosmology. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: spirituality and literature, mysticism
Harry Smith discusses Surrealism, liars and poetry, as he spends a good deal of the tape trying to find the poem he wants to read, parody of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Topics: consciousness and literature, experimental writing, mysticism
Harry Smith lecture on mythology and cultural practices in traditional and indigenous cultures. Among other topics, he discusses belief in reincarnation, the ceremonial use of peyote, and creation stories. ( 1 reviews )
A compilation of sounds by Harry Smith with chanting, street sounds, singing, poetry, blues, and rock. Includes the Fugs playing, "The Summer of Love," "The Modest Rose," and "Ciao Man." This tape is likely to include sounds made from a microphone hung out of Allen Ginsberg's New York Lower East Side apartment. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: mysticism, consciousness
Gary Snyder class. Snyder discusses tips for writing poetry, several editing processes, and some Japanese Zen literary advice. He also reads several translations of Chinese poems, talks about Gregory Bateson and Wendell Barry, and reads Kenneth Roxroth's translation of a poem called "Full Moon." ( 1 reviews )
Gary Snyder class on Eastern and Western folk ballad traditions, August 1983. Gary Snyder discusses universality of folk ballad in Eastern and Western tradition. Discussion includes accessibility of poetry, elitism and approachability.
This is a continuation of Gary Snyder's class, "Linguistics, Anthropologies," in which he answers student questions. Topics covered include circumpolar bear cults, totemic remnants in Japanese culture, humans' relationship with technology, and the ethics of marijuana cultivation.
Gary Snyder gives a class as the first of a four class series during the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University. Snyder discusses the origins of literature and its evolution in pre-literate and literate societies. He talks about the differences between poetry and prose, emphasizing the musicality of poetry. He also discusses various forms of literature that exist throughout the world, such as sacred and secular song. ( 1 reviews )
This August 1983 recording is of Gary Snyder reading in Boulder for the first time since 1972. It is a selection of poetry from his new work "Axe Handles." The commentary between poems reflects his interest im Buddhism and his travelling and anthropological experiences. He comments on the inspirations for some of his written works. ( 1 reviews )
83p067 and 83p068 constitute a class in series of classes with Gary Snyder in which Snyder discusses "The Book of Songs", his poems, the importance of saying grace, the role of the poet in society, and visions.
Gary Snyder leads a class called "Linguistics, Anthropology." Snyder's discussions of indigenous, oral poetic traditions, and his reading of "The Song of the Daughter of the Mountain God," a poem from the oral tradition of the peoples indigenous to Hokaido, Japan, lead him to discuss the basic linguistics of speech.
Juliana Spahr presents a short lecture on Bernadette Mayer's sonnets. Spahr questions the use of traditional forms by women writers as a gesture of resistance and/or subversion. In the question and answer session, Spahr and the audience discuss possible uses of lyricism that might problematize conventional discourses of sexuality and gender.